Lawful Presence Requirements
Effective January 1, 2012, the Georgia “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” required all applicants for real estate licensure, or appraiser classification, Appraisal Management Companies, Instructors, and School Directors to submit to the Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC):
(1) ) A “secure and verifiable document” for identification purposes as defined in O.C.G.A. §50-36-2
(2) A “signed and sworn affidavit verifying the applicant’s lawful presence in the United States” as required in O.C.G.A. §50-36-1.
Here is a link to a form that outlines what you need to send to us:
Who needs to meet this requirement?
- All NEW Real Estate Salespersons, Brokers and Community Association Managers (CAMS)*
- Any licensee applying to REINSTATE a lapsed license, who has not previously submitted the required documents
- All NEW Appraisers*
- All NEW “Controlling Persons” for Appraisal Management Companies
- All applicants for Appraiser Temporary Practice permits
- All NEW School Directors and Instructors
*Any individual applying for a real estate license or an appraiser classification by taking a state examination at an AMP “Test Center will take this information with them to the Test Center as part of applying for the license after the exam is passed.
What if the information is not provided?
- No license will be issued.
What if I have already provided the documents?
- S.B. 160 (effective 7/01/2013) eliminated the requirement for you to resubmit the lawful presence documentation after your initial submission. Therefore, if you have provided the lawful presence documentation one time, you do not have to submit it again to the same agency.